Skillet Donut Stout
Burial Beer Co.

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #15
Ranked #1,751
4.22 | pDev: 7.11%
Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States
Skillet Donut StoutSkillet Donut Stout
Notes: Formerly Skillet Oatmeal Doughnut Stout
Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 491 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 16 ounce can in a snifter. Shared by a friend.

A black brew with a burgundy highlight. No head and minimal lacing, a nice lasting mocha ring.

Smells like a favorite cafe with fresh baked pastries and freshly ground coffee.

Rich roasted coffee and intense dark cocoa. Cake doughnut. Molasses. Sweet.

Smooth medium body. Lactose is obvious. Oats provide a chewy base.

Surprisingly good. Definitely a dessert or after dinner brew for sharing.

Apr 14, 2021
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J-legend-K from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 12/30/2020

A: black as can be with a finger or two of healthy tan head

S: intense coffee with sugar

T: may be good marketing, but all I taste is dark chocolate covered donut soaked in cold brew coffee. Heavy, luscious sweetness slammed with coffee and bittersweet cocoa and a dusting of sugar. Sweet coffee lingers on the palate. Intensely balanced

MF: creamy and on the heavier side of medium bodied. Sip is lightened by the carbonation to reveal the sweet doughy goodness without being sticky.

Overall: Wow! An incredible intersection of sweet/creamy and roasted coffee.

Feb 25, 2021
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The_Snow_Bird from Florida

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probably the best stout I’ve had from NC so far! Pours dark with a finger and a half head. Smells of dark chocolate and sweet coffee. Has a mocha coffee taste.

Jan 31, 2021
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Burial and it was listed as Skilletcream (may be the cream donut version). Poured a black body with minimal head and no lace. The aroma has notes of roasted malts, albeit minor, along with some vanilla beans. Smooth, sweet, slightly sticky, had a vanilla sweetness that was bordering cloying but hit my sweet tooth just fine. Finished easy, hidden ABV, easy to drink and this version seems to mostly vanilla with hints of roasted coffee and the slightest hint of cocoa.

Sep 17, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with two fingers of beige head.

Smells of coffee and toasted malt, chocolate, and cocoa.

The taste follows the nose.

It has a very smooth body light and moderate carbonation.

I got this in Waynesville North Carolina and I’m drinking it and run in California July 17, 2020.

Jul 18, 2020
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Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pours an opaque black with a light tan fluffy 1-2 finger head with bubbles of varying size.
Smell - Roasted malt, molasses, and coffee are prominent on the nose listed in descending order by intensity.
Taste - The aroma precedes the flavor almost perfectly. The molasses flavor hits me first and blends perfectly with the big roasted malt. Coffee comes in on the finish, but does not overwhelm the way that it can be prone to do. It should be noted that with a strong molasses notes, this is not an overly sweet beer.
Feel - Medium body on the palate, it is a smooth drinker. Lactose gives it a little extra body. Easy drinking.
Overall - I immediately assumed that a donut stout would be a sweet and thick brew. I was pleasantly surprised that this is actually a well balanced and easy drinking stout. It provides big flavor without having to tread into imperial territory. I don't know that I get a true donut flavor, but Skillet Donut Stout is a beautiful breakfast stout.

Jun 01, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 5/15/20

Pours a dense jet-black body sporting a firm, frothy finger and a half of tan foam; decent head retention yields a minimal, spotty cap, thin collar, and a light spatter if webby lacing around the glass.

Aroma opens with a robust, hearty dose of freshly roasted coffee of over time tinged with vanilla cream; invites notes of dark chocolates and oakier tones of vanilla oast the middle, with slight impressions of blueberry and mixed dark berries on the back end; incredibly coffee-forward, though it accomplishes this note well.

Taste brings out a roasty malted char upfront into semi-bitter fresh coffee/coffee grounds; cacao is a sporadic presence in the backdrop, softening to milk chocolate tones over time; a touch of oatmeal rounds over the mid-palate while molasses integrates seamlessly as the beer warms; a weighty roast returns on the back end of the palate, easing into a char on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a lighter carbonation fluffing up on the palate occasionally; sufficiently silky mid-palate fades into a drying, thinner finish with a mild, roasty acidity and a pleasant, bittering char.

The coffee shines through in spades here, ultimately dominating atop a steady roast and soft oatmeal presence; largely one-dimensional and periodically faltering along the palate, this is only at most an enjoyable coffee-forward stout that struggles to become much more.

May 31, 2020
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

coffee for dayss on this one - bold and roasty notes of freshly ground coffee, slightly bitter, mellow hint of some blueberry. there is caramel, brown sugar, burnt malts, oatmeal.

Mar 18, 2020
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jimmybram from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16 oz can into a pint glass

Note: I am a bit biased with this beer. Holds a special place in my heart.

A: Half-inch pale white head. Like a marshmallow. Thin, brown ale style appearance. Like coffee.
S: Strong chocolate, coffee, gingerbread. Smells decadent and sweet.
T: Cocoa nibs and coffee with some nutmeg. Really straightforward flavors and tasty. Not overly sweet though, which is nice.
M: Light but smooth. Tiny bubbles make this drink flattish. Easy drinking for a stout.
O: One of my all time favorites. Always get it when they have it and I'm around. The smell and taste always make me smile. Not overly flashy (i.e. barrel aged, etc) but it is exceptional beer. Great for cold weather.

Feb 14, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you Steban for this
16 oz can poured into a teku

A- Back with a three finger mocha head.

S- Roasted coffee, roasted malts, some molasses, mild fruitiness.

T- Roasted coffee, some caramel malts, molasses, nice mild fruitiness.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A tasty coffee stout, reminds me in a nice cold brew coffee.

Jan 27, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very dark color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has a generous coffee, roasted malt and cocoa hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nicely balanced and silky coffee, roasted malt and cocoa flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Stout

Jun 22, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a while ago as the date on the bottom of the can read 1.23.17 with "SLAYER" among was written below it. Hadn't had a beer from Burial in a while but this one was quite enjoyable and easygoing for an American Stout as it didn't have too much alcohol, sweetness, or heft to it and in the end, that's what I needed after a long week at work!

Of course, this poured a cola brown with plenty of thick, subtle tan head to top it off as there weren't a lot of bubbles in it. That took a while to settle down as the lacing left behind was extensive, but very thing and scattered as there weren't any discernible rings on the side of my pint glass. Lots of brown sugar, molasses, and oats in the naturalistic nose but more coffee would have taken this up a notch or two. Thankfully, there was plenty of that in the mouthfeel both in the taste and this beer's smooth consistency as it felt fresh-roasted - and who doesn't chuckle at an establishment called "Counter Culture"? This beer had a bit of a rebellious streak to it since it deviated from the norm and came across as a Breakfast Stout more than anything else because of it's sweetness and latent stickiness...

I could have easily had another can after finishing this off and this held up well over time given how there wasn't any sediment left at the bottom of the liquid after I fully poured this out. Lots of cloying from the milky undertone and a dry finish was not what I expected but I enjoy pleasant surprises and this certainly fell into that category. Just enough toasted, roasted, and brewed aspects to this beer left me wanting more, and appreciating the job that Burial did with this!

May 28, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(16 oz can, 23 Jan 2019 date (it would appear, text smeared); purchased at Good Beer, NYC ... decanted into a fat tulip)

L: dark brown liquid; loose khaki-tan colored foam on pour, collapsing quick... very milky sediment in last oz or two

S: coffee, toasted powdered cocoa, malt cake, burnt caramelized meat (or smoky jerky); little booze, if any

T: coffee liqueur, dark chocolate cake (donut); subtle snap of char and pine in the finish... the coffee and deep roasted notes are very prominent; coffee with cream aftertaste... woody roast, burnt sugars, milky malt

F: lovely silky thick body; delicate boozy warmth...

O: maybe one of the better displays of coffee in a stout in recent memory; had I have known, I might've picked up a second can... looks like crap, but I'd tap it again

Apr 05, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 16 oz. can into a snulip glass, this beer pours out a dark shade of brown before it transitions into the glass a black with minimal highlights. It formed a pinky width of khaki colored crown. 4.25

The aroma carries a detectable, roasty coffee to the nose first thing. It then shows way to an underlying sweetness playing the background. It’s got some slight, burnt and brown sugar presence with a little lactose like creaminess smell to it. 3.75

The taste brings back the coffee presence, but with less roast to it. While also opening up those layers of sweetness. Brown sugars and milk sugars being backed by a touch of chocolate. 4

One thing that I’m learning about Burial stouts, is they have the mouthfeel pretty down pat if you ask me. They have all been creamy with a beautiful silkiness to them. This one adds to those aspects, a little, with the mild bitterness in the coffee. Medium bodied, with an ABV that is nowhere in sight. 4.25

Overall, it’s an enjoyable breakfast stout that doesn’t rely too much on either of the aspects of sweetness or coffee. It tangles them together and makes them interact to create an enjoyable drinking experience. 4

Mar 24, 2019
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz poured a deep black in the glass and hint of clearness to for a stout head was below average tan but fading quickly but killer lacing smell is pure French roast coffee like a nice creamy cold brew. Taste like the noise well good and strong coffee forward feel it is one note . Feel for a nice big coffee stout is touch thin but also so drinkable . Over all a great stout I would be happy to crack any time

Mar 23, 2019
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BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours as black as the soul of your first heartbreak. Smells like the perfect cup of coffee, dragging you out of bed. Feels bubbly, frothy and as delicate as a root beer float.

The taste? The taste is like the perfect French Press cold brew coffee, with a lacing of dark chocolate. The 8% ABV is well disguised in probably the best stout I’ve had. Would recommend to any coffee lover!

Mar 12, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours dark brown with a brown head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has a strong aroma of coffee and bread with bread crusts. There are some background notes of chocolate with a bit of sugary sweetness.

Taste: Coffee, bread, and chocolate are the main flavors. It has a great richness to the overall taste. It does have a bit of sweetness to it with some expresso elements as well. As the beer warms, there are some dark fruits that are very low, but noticeable in the background.

Feel: It has a moderately full body with a bittersweet finish.

Overall, a very flavorful beer in which the combinations of malts work very well together.

Mar 03, 2019
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very coffee-heavy. With a name involving donuts I would expect more sweetness and a little more chocolate character. But what's there is very, very solid. A little on the thin side, with look and feel that are fairly pedestrian. But wonderful aromas of espresso, roast, char, and caramelized sugar. Maybe a hint of dark chocolate on the tongue, but largely dark roast coffee, charred wood, dark fruits, and a heavy dose of molasses. Compared to basic American Stouts, this is solid. Compared to 8% stouts, a little lacking.

Feb 16, 2019
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into my snifter. Beer is part of a recent trade with @Krubes, thanks!
I pour in the cola brown brew into my glass and a spongey tan head of 3 cm foams up and then fades to almost nothing about a minute into my sampling. Only the smallest bubble islands remain in the glass.
the aroma is roasted malt and coffee ground with some sweet chocolate milk notes and a little brown sugar and caramel. I also get a bit of a grassy hop profile for a little balance. NO hint of any booze on the aroma.
First sip reveals a silky smooth textured beer with fine and spacious carbonation. Body is average and could be a little thicker IMO, but otherwise physical traits of this beer are solid.
Flavor is roasted malt and some coffee with a nice hit of chocolate comes through in the middle. the beer finishes with a little black coffee bitterness and also dries out my palate. I dont get any hops here and am missing some of the sweetness that I got on the nose. I do enjoy this brew and would buy it if in my area. A bigger body would make this a home run. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it.

Feb 10, 2019
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tgriff from South Carolina

4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved this beer. I had on draft at the brewery and out of a can later at home. Out of the can in my pint glass, it's inky black, thin head with good lacing. The roasted malt/chocolaty flavor is mild and also a mild bitterness. It the brewery they serve it with a glazed donut hole and it pairs beautifully. I don't live near the brewery or it would be my go to stout.

Jan 13, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received in a ninja box from a terrific BA - Skillet Donut sounded terrific to me and immediately became a wish list item when I first saw it. Doesn't hurt that I love Burial!

Skillet Donut embodies some of the tastiest coffee adjuncts I've yet enjoyed. It's sweet, yet also slightly bitter and acidic, just like black coffee should be. The nose is all sweet coffee, and in a good way. The body is slightly thin, as coffee beers can occasionally be - yet the taste is still quite rich.

Skillet Donut is definitely worth a search, and probably even a trade. It's now one of my favorite canned beers.

Apr 19, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz glass on tap at Sabatini's, Exeter PA this lunchtime.

looks splendid in a 10oz goblet, black body, oatmeal colored head.

aromas are a bit muted, some roastiness and a little coffee. no donut aroma.

tasty brew though. good roasted flavor without being over the top, slight coffee, no chocolate, and certainly no donut. only faintly sweet. there is a faint bourbon feel as well.

mouth is a little over medium, finish is medium roasted malt.

overall, comes off like a bigger stout than the 8.0 it is. quite enjoyable. my first from this brewery, which has apparently just started to distribute to PA. looking forward to more.

Apr 14, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 1/17/18; drank 3/3/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge khaki head; thick, frothy tree-rung lace.

Dark roast coffee bean, cream & faint fresh earth notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Sweet cream & dark roast coffee bean flavors up front; mild fresh earth notes on the finish.

Balanced, I suppose, with a nice mouthfeel, but the flavors clash a bit. I'd have another, but I'm not going to chase it around.

Mar 04, 2018
THANAT0PSIS from Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Burial Skillet

A: Burial's lauded stout pours nearly completely black and totally opaque, as black as almost any stout around. The surprisingly light khaki head is rather disappointing at only about a finger despite a hard pour. Lacing is similarly average. The viscosity belies the fact that this is not quite an imperial stout (though at 8% it is certainly approaching it; Burial's descriptor "donut stout" means less than nothing, serving only to confuse the drinker, perhaps poking fun at stylistic definitions). There are alcohol legs present. The depth of black is very impressive, and the light head is a nice contrast, but nothing else really stands out in the appearance. 3.5/5

A: While it does not look like much in the glass, the aroma (which makes itself known as soon as the can is cracked) more than makes up for the average showing. Nothing really suggests donuts save for a deep caramelized aroma that conjures up fried dough if one tries, but what is here is a whole lot of espresso, crema, dark sugars, milk chocolate, and a bunch of roast for good measure. This is mainly a coffee showcase, and it appears to be a bit simplistic, though the coffee aroma is up there with the great coffee beers. 4/5

T: The flavor improves upon the complexity but in doing so loses a bit of what impressed in the nose (and what could have made the beer special). Unexpectedly, the beer leads with a strong English stout profile with caramel, toffee, sweet malts, treacle, nuttiness, and sweet bread. Milk chocolate follows this up along with a blend of espresso and cream remeniscient of a macchiato (a real one, not that caramel syrup Starbucks abomination). The espresso is still assertive, but it fails to deliver on the intensity the aroma leads one to believe. The aftertaste features some earthy roast and burnt sugars. Even with the added complexity, it remains a fairly straightforward stout. The English leaning is refreshing in a field of overly roasty American stouts (likely this is an oatmeal stout or milk stout in composition), and the coffee brings it a little closer to an English-American hybrid, but this is not really anything that has not been done by other breweries just as well. 3.75/5

M: There is a thinness here that is both off-putting and inviting. It is unusual in this day and age to have a stout with such a drinkable texture, and while that is welcome, it clashes with the mild-to-moderate alcohol presence and stylistic expectations of the drinker (fair or unfair). Carbonation is on the low side (which also clashes with the thinner feel), but it does have a certain unattributable creaminess to it. Like the rest of the beer, the feel has pros and cons to it and ends up coming off quite nondescript. 3.25/5

O: After years of hearing great things about this beer, I must admit, I am somewhat disappointed. It is by no means a bad beer, and the strength and quality of the espresso aroma really had me excited. It just comes off...weird. It is like the beer cannot decide what it is, and as a result it comes off confused and unremarkable. I would gladly drink it again, but I would sooner reach for many other coffee stouts, even the likes of Founders Breakfast Stout, and I would pay much less for it (and other breakfast stouts). Pair with anything by Muse who cannot decide whether they want to be a true prog band or a pop band, and they end up coming off as a mediocre interpretation of both. 3.5/5

Mar 02, 2018
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown color. The nose has a touch of chocolate. The flavor profile starts slightly sweet but finishes with decent bitterness - both from the hops and the roasted coffee.

Feb 26, 2018
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